Dr. Dana K. Townsend recently joined the Wheaton College faculty as Associate Professor of Applied Health Science.
Previously, Townsend was an instructor of anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University and Kansas University School of Medicine.
Townsend is a graduate of Kansas State University, where she earned a B.S. and an M.S. in biology, and a Ph.D. in physiology.
Her professional specialty is teaching anatomy to medical students, and she has more than 15 years as an instructor and administrator for an integrated anatomy and physiology course that served 160-200 students each semester. In 2011, Townsend was recognized as Professor of the Year at Kansas State University.
Townsend’s research interests include early insulin resistance and its effects on arteries and blood vessels.
“I’m excited to use my experience and expertise to help with the growth and development of a fairly new major—Applied Health Science—at Wheaton College,” Townsend says. “The opportunity to be influenced by and part of a community of faith has also drawn me here.”
“Dr. Townsend has received acclaim for her rigorous, thorough, incredibly effective teaching in Kansas,” says Wheaton College provost Dr. Stanton Jones. “She is an outstanding appointment, and will contribute much to the College’s efforts to prepare students for health-related professions.”